Friday, September 29, 2006

Kyocera KR1

We have a ton of experience with the Kyocera KR1 and this router is an incredible device.

Around 4 months BEFORE the Kyocera KR1 was officially released, we received a demo unit and we wrote a Kyocera KR1 Review. We have had almost 150,000 people read our review. After the Kyocera KR1 Mobile Router was released, we immediately setup KR1 Support Forums on EVDOForums.

Since the KR1 was released on February 2006, we have sold thousands of these routers. Our support guys know the KR1 very well. We also offer our KR1 customers options to have US upgrade the firmware for them, via an advanced exchange or a mail-in upgrade.

Over the next month or so, we will be announcing some KR1 add-ons that bring some unique and interesting new capabilities to the KR1 (more on this next month).

Today, we are putting Kyocera KR1 on sale. Our sister site is now selling them for $249.99 (retail price is $299.99) (plus get a $50 mail-in rebate until 12/31/2006). If you have a PC5740 card and you do not want to tackle the firmware upgrade, we can perform the upgrade to your router before shipping (add $20).

Related Links:

- Kyocera KR1 Review
- Kyocera KR1 Support Forums

EVDO Verizon Sprint, Big News Coming

There are lots of exciting things happening in the EVDO world these days, from expanded coverage to new EVDO devices. Here's a sneak preview of some of the developments we are anticipating:

The Merlin u720 Sprint EVDO USB device: Sprint is set to make these available after October 1st, and we are all very excited. It will be Rev A capable and will have a port for an external antenna, 2 features the Franklin CDU-550 did not have. Since it hasn't been released yet we are unsure of its Mac compatibility, but we will post information on that as soon as we get ours in for testing.


The Pantech PX-500 PCMCIA card: Pantech's card will be released for Sprint's Rev A network next week. The card will be available for FREE to customers who sign up for a new 2-year contract!


Expanded Verizon EVDO Coverage: All week EVDO users have been posting to EVDO Forums, informing us of new broadband areas in the country. Nashville, TN and High Point, NC, Greenville, Boise, Stockton, Tucson, most of Florida are a few of the areas that were upgraded from 1xRTT to broadband this week, and we are hoping that next week will bring broadband to even more cities!


Verizon Rev A? Sprint has been the leader with Rev A devices thus far, but there are rumblings that Verizon is working to catch up. Could they be gearing up for a Rev A device launch? Stay tuned!!

Related Links
Join the Sprint Rev A discussion on EVDO Forums
Join the Verizon Rev A discussion on EVDO Forums

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Pantech

Who is Pantech?

Many are seeing this company for the first time as Sprint is getting ready to introduce the Pantech PX-500, a new Rev A PCMCIA card. However, Pantech has different product lines, including Curitel, which produces the inexpensive PC-5740 that both Verizon and Sprint sell.

Besides EVDO cards, Pantech is releasing OR soon will be releasing different inexpensive phones for all the major carriers. We have heard that Pantech will be releasing a cool PDA through Verizon for only $99.

So, keep an eye on Pantech and related Cards, Phones and PDAs!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

EVDO-Coverage Con Artists

EVDOinfo.com & EVDOforums.com, has an excellent reputation for customer service, knowledg and being EVDO Experts. We take pride in our service and support we provide to our customers, along with the service our web site provide to the community.

A EVDO con man named Robert Kim, has been scamming customers for the longest time and we have many threads on Robert Kim on EVDOforums. This guy claims that EVDO can go 3000Kbps, or you can buy an amplifier and get 10 additional miles, or that he can SuperCharge any device and make it go faster (same free tip from us), and many other WILD claims.

Once again, he is trying to steal our identity and confuse customers. If you search in Google for EVDO, you will see the listing below. If you were looking for EVDOinfo or EVDOforums, you might accidently click on this link. Look closely, it is a different web site pretending to be us.



Feel free to call him and let him know what he is doing is wrong :)

Sprint First To Embed EVDO Rev A in Sony Laptops

Computer manufacturers have been embedding EVDO cards into certain laptop models for several months now, but Sony's new Vaio TX Series series will be the first to embed one of the newest EVDO Rev A cards. Laptops with embedded EVDO cards allow users to connect to Sprint's or Verizon's network (depending on the card embedded) without having to buy an external PC Card, ExpressCard or USB modem. Users simply activate their internal EVDO cards on the proper network (depending on whether the internal card is from Verizon or Sprint) and will have EVDO access wherever they go with their laptop!

Verizon has had many laptops this past year that include EVDO Rev 0 Cards. The Sony Vaio TX Series is the first laptop that has Sprint Mobile Broadband built-in AND is the first laptop with an embedded EVDO Rev A Device.

Related links:

Discuss Embedded EVDO laptops on EVDO Forums
Activate your Sprint Embedded EVDO

Friday, September 22, 2006

Sprint EVDO and Macs - September 2006


Sprint is in the middle of moving their product line to EVDO Rev A, but as they move forward they are leaving Mac users behind!

Apple added support in Mac OS X 10.4.7 for the AirCard 580 and Novatel S620, but in the last few weeks Sprint has discontinued both of those cards and replaced them with the new EVDO Rev A Versions (Merlin S720 & AirCard 595). Neither of these new cards are compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.7. We do have a hack that explains how to get the S720 working with your PowerBooks, but this is only for customers that are comfortable making the changes documented on our web site.

Also, Sprint doesn't offer an ExpressCard, which is the port on the MacBook Pro (Verizon offers the Novatel V640 ExpressCard). Sprint certified the Franklin USB device on their networks last month, BUT since the Novatel USB modem is just around the corner, Sprint crippled the success of the Franklin CDU-550 by limiting the sales to only businesses. The CDU-550 does work with Macs, it is an EVDO Rev 0 device, BUT having a Windows computer around, can be important (or required) to complete some updating and provisioning. The upcoming Merlin U720 USB Modem will be available to individuals and businesses, but Mac Compatiblity is uncertain.

Since Sprint doesn't support Macs directly and relies on Apple to provide support, we are waiting on Apple's next OS update (Mac OS X 10.4.8 and EVDO?) to see if the new EVDO Rev A Cards are supported. Until then, Mac users who have to use Sprint, will have to wait (unless you jump to Verizon - where every one of their cards support PowerBooks and MacBook Pros).

You may still be able to find some of the EVDO Rev 0 cards (AirCard 580 or Merlin S620), that work - BUT getting locked in for 2 years isn't the smartest thing as the industry moves to a new standard.

Another issue that Mac users face, is that the current EVDO Rev A cards, are shipping with EVDO Rev A hardware BUT EVDO Rev 0 software. A firmware upgrade will be required to support EVDO Rev A. Since Sprint doesn't currently support Macs and the Apple drivers don't handle firmware upgrades, you will have to stick your Merlin S720 in a Windows PC to complete the future (but needed) upgrade.

So, if you are a Sprint customer and a Mac user, you have the Franklin CDU-550, but it might be smarter to "Wait and See"...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

EVDO Rev A Cards Only Have EVDO Rev 0 Software

As you may have read on this blog or on EVDO Rev A Cards, Only Have EVDO Rev 0 Software on EVDOForums, Sprint has been making a big push to release new EVDO Rev A compatible PC cards in anticipation of their upgraded Rev-A system. Everyone is very excited about but the new development, but we have been hearing that the EVDO Rev A Software has not yet been completed by Qualcomm - There are 2 pieces that make EVDO cards work: the EVDO hardware and the EVDO software or firmware that is on the cards. If Qualcomm hasn't completed the software yet, how can Sprint be releasing these new EVDO Rev A PC Cards?

Apparently, the new EVDO Rev A Cards (Merlin S720 & AirCard 595) have the hardware to support EVDO Rev A, but the firmware that is included is only compatible with EVDO Rev 0. This means that at some point in the future there will be a firmware upgrade required in order to support EVDO Rev A.

This really isn't a big deal, since the Sprint Connection Manager (Windows 2000/XP Only) will automatically handle the firmware upgrade later, when Sprint decides to push the firmware upgrade out. However, if you are a Mac User, using our directions to hack your Mac into working, this will present a problem, since you will need to stick your card in a PC to do the firmware upgrade (users only using a Router will have the same issues with doing the firmware upgrade - you will need to access a computer with a PCMCIA slot to run the upgrade)

Sprint is estimating that the firmware upgrade will be available early 4Q’06.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

AirCard 595 Shipping, AirCard 580 Discontinued

In their continued effort to phase out EVDO Rev 0 devices in favor of new EVDO Rev A models, Sprint has bid farewell to the Sierra AirCard 580. The new Rev A-compatible Sierra AirCard 595 was officially released today and is available for $99.99 with a new 2-year contract. Sprint does not provide Mac-friendly drivers or support for this card, and we have not received ours for testing yet, but we anticipate that we will be able to preactivate it for Mac users like we do for the Merlin S720. Stay tuned for updates on the AirCard 595!

We will be getting in an AirCard 595 this week and we will report on antenna port, Mac compatibility, Kyocera KR1 compatibility.

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Sierra AirCard 595 EVDO Rev A (AC595) - More on EVDOinfo
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Friday, September 15, 2006

Sprint to Release Pantech PX-500 and Sierra Aircard 595 EVDO Rev A Cards

Just weeks after releasing the Merlin s720 card, Sprint announcedTuesday that they will be offering 2 more Rev A-capable broadband cards by the end of this year. The s720, Pantech PX-500, and Sierra Aircard 595 wil all work with the current EVDO network, but once Sprint upgrades their network to Rev A the cards will seamlessly switch over and offer their users faster download speeds and much zippier upload speeds.

According to Sprint, the Aircard 595 (left) will feature a high-performance, durable, built-in antenna and will be sold later this year. Suggested retail price for the AirCard 595 is $249.99 without a new contract or $99.99 with a new two-year contract. The Pantech PX-500 (right) will cost $199.99 without a new contract and is available for free with a two-year subscriber agreement and mail-in-rebate!

All 3 of the Rev A-compatible cards are in PCMCIA format, so MacBook Pro users or anyone with an ExpressCard-only computer will not be able to use the cards without a router. The techies at Booster Antenna have tested the S720 and have created a hack to allow it to work with PowerBooks that do have PC card slots, but they haven't received the AC595 or PX-500 for testing yet. Check back with EVDO Info and Booster Antenna for updates on Mac compatibility of the 2 new cards!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Improved Coverage Maps for Sprint EVDO!

Wondering if Sprint has EVDO or 1xRTT coverage in your hometown? Finally, Sprint has created improved address-specific maps! Once you input your street address, the map zooms in to show you the coverage.

These maps are soon to be announced by Sprint AND may not be functioning, OR Sprint may decide to pull them until the official announcement. The link is currently NOT working.

The maps allow you to look at the Broadband coverage (called "Sprint Power Vision") as well as coverage for the slower-speed 1xRTT (called "Nationwide Sprint PCS") network.



Here is a map of the coverage at the EVDO Info office in Cary, IL. As you can see, we are well-covered by the broadband network.


Here is the same map, zoomed out to see coverage in the surounding area. The green area indicates that if we were to travel out towards Huntley we would leave the EVDO area and enter the 1xRTT area.


These new maps will be a huge help to people trying to determine whether to choose Sprint or Verizon for their EVDO needs. Existing Sprint users will also love it: you'll never have to wonder whether your travel destination will have Internet access again, just check ahead!

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Check Your Sprint EVDO Coverage
Join the Sprint EVDO discussion on EVDO Forums


Monday, September 11, 2006

Novatel V640 VPN MacBook Pro Issue

There have been a handful of early adopters of the Verizon Wireless V640 (Novatel V640), that have discovered their MacBook Pro and V640 card do not work with Cisco VPN. This VPN Issue is not present if you boot your MacBook Pro under BootCamp/Windows XP.

According to sources at Cisco, they are currently testing a fix and it should be released to the general public in the next few weeks.

For the latest news on this topic, see the following thread on EVDOforums.com:

EVDO with VPN with MBP with 640 card - ISSUE

Friday, September 08, 2006

Verizon vs. Sprint, Battle Of The Coverage Maps?

Something big will happen in the coming weeks.

Verizon & Sprint are getting smart. EVDO all comes down to coverage and being able to let future customers be able to see coverage for specific areas. Neither Sprint or Verizon have been very good at keeping their maps updated (see this story). However, they both have been getting better.

Soon, we will see some big improvements, when it comes to showing current EVDO Coverage.

Verizon will be displaying "Future EVDO Coverage Areas" on their maps. This will really help people decide if they are going to get EVDO or not (I wonder if they will say when, unlikely). The current internal maps at Verizon are 3 months old.

Sprint has already started displaying "Future Coverage Areas", but they are going to do something even better. They are going to show on their maps what signal quality is like for your location. Now, there are a lot of factors involved to get this right (or guess at it), but it will allow consumers to determine if they get EVDO signal.

We feel that giving customers the tools to get answers will only lead to more customers signing up.

Check Sprint Mobile Broadband Coverage Maps

Check Verizon BroadbandAccess Coverage Maps

This just in, check out the more detailed coverage maps at:

http://coverage.sprintpcs.com/IMPACT.jsp

Still Waiting for a V640 ExpressCard?


After weeks of backorders and very limited stock, Booster-Antenna.com now has the Verizon Wireless V640 ExpressCard in stock! All preorders have been shipped and the cards are available for purchase for anyone who would like to order the Verizon V640 along with a new 1- or 2-year Verizon service contract - order by 4pm PST, get it the next day :)

If you are an existing Verizon EVDO customer already under contract with an older card and are looking to purchase the V640 as an upgrade (i.e. transfer your existing contract onto the new card), stock may be limited for the reset of the month. Due to the high demand for the cards with new service contracts, we will not be selling the V640 without a contract in the immediate future. The best bet would be to contact Verizon directly and ask about an upgrade - if you're in the 2nd year of your 2-year contract Verizon may offer the ExpressCard to you at a discount, but they will extend the contract another 2 years.

Purchase a V640 with a 1 or 2 year contract

Join the V640 discussion on EVDO forums

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Merlin S720 Mac PowerBook Hack

As promised, we figured out a way to get the Merlin S720 working on on PowerBooks with a PCMCIA slot (sorry, MacBook Pros have an ExpressCard and Sprint doesn't have an ExpressCard solution - they do have an EVDO USB Solution).

Over the last 2 years, we have always figured out a way to allow all the Verizon and Sprint cards to work on Macs. The Merlin S720 was introduced last week and it doesn't work with Macs without hacking it first. It isn't supported in Mac OS X 10.4.7, but with a simple modification to Mac OS X 10.4.7, we have a way to get the card working.

It is important to know that the Merlin S720 needs to be pre-activated in a Windows PC before it will work on a PowerBook. As a service, we can activate the Merlin S720 before sending it to you if you do not have access to a Windows PC (option on our order form).

The hack involves modifying Mac OS X 10.4.7 so that it recognizes the Novatel card. We basically modify the Novatel 620 settings to recognize the Novatel S720 card. Once this simple hack is completed, you will NOT see signal strength, BUT you can connect from your PowerBook.

Here are the directions:

Merlin S720 Hack For PowerBook

Friday, September 01, 2006

Merlin S720 Rev A Card and PowerBooks

PowerBook Hack for Merlin S720 Rev A - Coming Soon :)

The brand new Merlin S720 Rev A card is not compatible with PowerBooks (Apple's Mac OS X 10.4.7 doesn't support it). However, that will change this Tuesday, we will publish directions to make it work, so check back in a few days. Since, the Merlin S720 is a PCMCIA card, it will work with any PowerBook with a PCMCIA slot (MacBook Pros have ExpressCards, the Novatel V640 is the ExpressCard, only available from Verizon).

Discuss on EVDOforums.com

Novatel V640 ExpressCards: Shipment #3!

The incredible demand for the Novatel V640 has been tough to meet, especially with Verizon pushing back the launch date several times. We've got good news from the V640 front, though:

We have received our 3rd shipment and have fulfilled all of the backorders. We now have the ExpressCards IN STOCK. If you order before 4:30 PST (2 hours from now) your card will ship TODAY, meaning you can receive it as early as TOMORROW if you select Saturday Delivery!

Sunday 10:16pm CST Update. We have only 15 V640s left. We will update our order form when they are out of stock.

Click here to order the V640 NOW!
Read about the V640 on EVDOforums